The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic destinations, a coastal resort area known for its white-sand beaches, as well as the glitz, glamour and kitsch of Surfer’s Paradise – perhaps the closest thing you’ll find to Vegas in this part of the world, so if you’re into casinos and nightlife, you’re in for a treat.
If that’s not your cup of tea, you might be surprised to find that beyond the more famous tourist hotspots, Gold Coast is a veritable treasure trove for visitors: whether you’re interested in cute little mountain towns, lush rainforests, delicious native fruits you won’t find in supermarkets, relaxing on an isolated tropical island or sampling the exceptional local wines, you’re bound to find your itinerary full of places that will make you fall in love with this very special area.
Lets explore the best things to do in the Gold Coast:
1. Get your glitz on at Surfer’s Paradise
Surfer’s Paradise is the most popular tourist spot in the Gold Coast, and even if you prefer your holiday on the quiet side, it’s still worth spending a day or so here enjoying the atmosphere, and many interesting attractions.
The Infinity Maze is a very well-designed, futuristic escape maze that is definitely worth a visit, and if you haven’t been to a Ripley’s Believe it Or Not before, it’s a lot of fun! If you loved haunted houses as a kid, Dracula’s Haunted House takes the concept to a whole new level, and it’s very professionally done (a little bit scary, but mostly fun!).
The Madam Tussaud’s wax museum here is also great entertainment for the morbidly-minded; as well as the usual wax celebrities, you’ll find a bottom floor dedicated to torture devices through the ages, which manages to be both informative and very creepy (especially as the guides really seem to love their job!)
While your heart is beating that little bit faster, Surfer’s is peppered with various thrill rides such as the SlingShot and the (aptly-named) Vomitron; on the other hand, if being flung upside-down isn’t your idea of holiday excitement, there’s always the gorgeous beaches that have made Surfer’s a beloved tourist destination for generations. And of course, there’s also the surfing!